Mahdi Ikhlayel

Researcher (Ph.D., The University of Tokyo)

Chemical Systems Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan

Past experiences (most recent):
  • Researcher, Department of Environmental Systems Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

    ("Laboratory of Resource Circulation & Recycling Systems" and the "Sustainable Resource & Waste Management Laboratory").
  • Senior Consultant, Cimbria Consulting, Texas, U.S.


Since graduating his Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Mahdi worked as a Sustainability Consultant and Researcher and as a Project Consultant in Japan as well an Assistant Researcher at Ritsumeikan University. He is currently a Researcher at Tohoku University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering (Chemical System Engineering Laboratory). He has been a volunteer reviewer since May 2017 for reputable and influential peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of Cleaner Production; the Journal of Environmental Management; Resources, Conservation and Recycling journal; and nine other journals as well a reviewer for some textbooks. Since 2017, he has reviewed 110+ peer-received articles and received several reviewers awards. He is a specialist in urban environmental resource management and life cycle assessment; while he also has a keen interest in multi-disciplinary research, including interdisciplinary sustainability science research and how to obtain “win-win” solutions to today’s most complex environmental issues such as resource use and energy. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he completed his master’s degree at the Graduate School of Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He also holds four additional educational certificates: Environmental Diplomatic Leader Educational Program (University of Tsukuba), Japan Global 30 Waste Management Expert Course (University of Tsukuba), International Collaborative Environmental Program (University of Tsukuba), and Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI; The University of Tokyo). In October 2013, he was awarded the GPSS-GLI Fellowship by The University of Tokyo to carry out his doctoral research at The University of Tokyo.

Core expertise:

Life cycle Assessment (LCA); Social Life Assessment (S-LCA); Life Cycle Inventory (LCI); Environmental Impact Assessment; Material Flow Analysis (MFA); Substance Flow Analysis (SFA); Inventory Construction; Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment; Municipal Solid Waste Management and Treatment; Disaster Waste Management and Treatment; Waste Management and Treatment; Circular Economy; Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development; Indicators Development; Rare Earth Elements, Electricity Grid Mixes; Mining; Integrated Approaches; Modeling and Simulation,; Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) Approaches; Process Design, Scenario Development; Environmental Policy Making; Process Improvement, Environmental and Economic Evaluation of Environmental Systems, Sustainability Consultation; Resource Efficiency, Recycling; and Environmental Studies on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Power & Energy Society; International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); International Waste Working Group (IWWG); The Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan (ILCAJ); Jordan Engineers Association (JEA); Xinova Network.
Research Projects